“I want to write to you specifically to let you know what a marvellous job the barrister, Cath Urquhart, did. She was simply amazing. She is details-oriented, she knew my case inside out, she was highly analytical and she did not miss any point. She was courteous during cross questioning and remained utterly professional at all times… I cannot recommend her more highly.”
“Please allow me to express my sincere appreciation of the excellent way in which you conducted my recent case. Your initial advice was constructive and throughout you were willing to discuss and explore points with me. Your cross-examination and advocacy in Court were clear and effective. I am most grateful for the preparation and effort you put in on my behalf and that you were able to achieve such a satisfactory outcome”
Catherine joined Chambers in October 2011 after successfully completing her pupillage there and has developed a broad practice across the main areas of Chambers’ work, with a particular focus on employment, media and general common law work. She is qualified under the Public Access scheme to accept instructions directly from members of the public. Prior to coming to the Bar, Catherine worked for many years as a newspaper journalist, including ten years at The Times.
Catherine is regularly instructed by a nationally known glazing company to both pursue and defend claims for breach of contract. She undertakes a wide range of general civil litigation, including applications and enforcement work in the county court and High Court, and costs hearings including detailed assessments and costs budgeting. She has recently represented a defendant in the High Court in proceedings for contempt of court, succeeding in having the proceedings struck out as an abuse of process. In 2017 she has been acting for clients accused of a making false claims for personal injury damages, in contempt of court proceedings brought by the claimant insurance company.
Property & private client
Catherine has experience of claims for possession and mortgage/rent arrears on behalf of both private and public authority landlords. She acts for both landlords and tenants and also advises on disrepair, property ownership and ToLATA matters.
Catherine appears for both claimants and respondents in the Employment Tribunal, and undertakes all types of employment work, from preliminary hearings through to multi-day final hearings. In particular, she has experience of unfair dismissal claims (including constructive dismissal), discrimination, whistleblowing and holiday pay claims. Recently she won a ten-day whistleblowing case in which she defended a secondary school against numerous allegations; she successfully defended a well-known hotel chain against claim of race discrimination in a seven-day hearing; and was successful in a six-day constructive dismissal claim for a senior director client in a hard-fought battle where the respondent was represented by Queen’s Counsel.
Current work includes representing the hotel chain in a further five-day discrimination case, due to be heard in December 2017, and resisting an appeal against a successful judgment in the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
Catherine is the editor of the Ely Place Chambers’ Employment Update newsletter, which appears in spring and autumn.
Media & sport
Recent work includes applying for an injunction over defamatory allegations posted on Facebook, and defending a client against defamation claims made by a wealthy property developer, which due to her strong advocacy and detailed pleadings she was able to settle to the client’s satisfaction. In 2016 Catherine was instructed by a major supermarket chain to defend it from allegations of defamation and false imprisonment, and succeeded in having the claim struck out on both counts. Catherine has previously appeared in the High Court as junior to William McCormick QC, Head of Chambers at Ely Place, representing the Metropolitan Police in a third-party disclosure application within lengthy defamation proceedings.
Employment Law Bar Association
Employment Lawyers’ Association
Property Bar Association
Public Access Bar Association
Fellow, Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, manufactures and commerce (FRSA)
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